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Newton combined waterproofing systems were applied to the Hotel in Manchester as part of a complex waterproofing design. NSBC Trace Basements were chosen as experts to waterproof The Hotel Football.

The Project

The Hotel Football is an innovative hotel concept on the doorstep of Old Trafford football stadium. The 135-bed, 10-storey hotel has capacity for around 1,500 fans on match days, houses a supporters’ club, and features a five-a-side pitch on the roof.

Newton Specialist Basement Contractor Trace Basements were appointed from the design stage to waterproof the new-build project, and elected to use the tried and tested Newton CDM System Type C waterproofing solution internally.

The Solution

However, waterproofing the new hotel was a highly complex project. Due to the sloping site, the slab was at 4 levels with steps, and the retaining wall comprised of piles, capping beams, multi-level slabs, upstands, and blockwork off either slab or upstand. The upstands were all kickerless, meaning that there was also multiple construction joints and pipe penetrations that required sealing against water.

Trace utilised the HydroCoat 203-RM rapid-setting mortar as a construction joint fillet at changes of direction, and the flexible liquid waterproofing membrane HydroCoat 107 2K to create a continuous barrier from the underside of the cavity tray to down past the capping beam/slab construction joint. Newton HydroCoat 104 Super was also applied as a crystalline waterproof coating to the concrete structure to provide primary resistance against the penetration of water.

Other structural waterproofing materials used:

  • HydroTank 306 Swell Mastic with the waterbar.
  • HydroBond 403 Plus below ground around 4No lift pits, one being a double lift.
  • HydroTank 309 Flexible Adhesive sealing the Hydrobond bottom side around to the pile caps under the lift pits.
  • NewSeal 408 DeckDrain externally over the pile cap face / slab top along the canal side and externally on the capping beam and slab face/slab top all around at the upper ground floor.
  • Flexproof-XI to seal vertical gaps between below cavity tray blockwork and structural columns.

The Result

The flexible characteristics of HydroCoat 104 Super flexible waterproof membrane allowed for a seamless waterproofing across the deck, vertical upstands and joints. HydroCoat 107 Elastic 2K allowed for minimal down time, even in challenging weather conditions.

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